We are Speeching AmericanTheme:
English proficiency in the PhilippinesWord Count:
While the Philippines is known for its bilingual ability to speak Filipino and English better than most countries, this reputation is, in fact, diminishing. Most of those who can't read or write English properly belong to the masses, most likely because of media influence, or lack of education. If this continues, our pride for our mastery in English might crumble.Notes:
[Edited at June 08] This is the second draft. Thanks to tanteicchi
for the help. <3
Andrew wasn't so sure that Jose was up for the job when he met him to discuss his resume. Indeed, he did have the minimum requirements to take up a call center job at the Emerald Enterprise, but his background of being a jeep driver for a couple of years made him think twice.Come on, give it a try!
A voice whispered into his ear, and he had to agree. First impressions are often wrong, right?
It led to a fiasco.
Andrew still wasn't so sure even though Jose greeted him on the first day with a goofy smile on his face. He had to check his performance on his own. He had to hear his English with his very own ears.
And so, he decided to put a recording device on the phone that he was going to use. That way, he could hear both Jose and his client. When his shift was over, Andrew immediately checked the recording device and played it privately in his own office. After a few minutes of static, the conversation was finally clear.
“Good Morning?” Andrew gulped. From the accent, it was very clear that his first client was, in fact, a purebred American. He hoped that Jose had the knowledge to answer in profecient English.
“Gud meerning, ser. How mey I helpeng you?
“Um...” after a few moments of silence, the American responded. “Ah yes. Is the Emerald open on weekends?”
“Yes, we isss. However, we is open en lunch.”
“Do you know English?”
After that, the American rudely hung up, leaving Jose on the line. Andrew slapped his forehead in annoyance, turning off the recording. He didn't want to hear any more of it.
Needless to say, he fired Jose first thing the next morning.